Pull up a chair and hang out for a bit. This week we are concluding our study, Why Israel Matters and we have covered lots of ground. So, we’re pulling it all together this week.
Early in the study we discussed some reasons Israel matters. Do you remember some of those reasons? Let’s jog the memory. Israel matters in many ways, including:
We’ve discussed those and other reasons why Israel matters. However, perhaps the most significant reason is because Israel was chosen by God to carry out a unique role in history. In Genesis 12:3, God promises to bless Abraham and make him and his descendants a great nation. Beyond that, He vowed that all the people of the earth will be blessed through Abraham. That blessing is salvation, the greatest blessing ever conceived!
Our Father in heaven knew what it would take to implement that blessing, and it came in the form of a triumvirate of covenants, all of which must be in play in order to obtain salvation:
All matter, and all are essential. Just like a 3-legged stool, if you remove any of the three, God’s blessing of salvation falls short!
To add excitement to the mix, the New Covenant has a reward! One day, Jesus the King will return to earth to rule and reign in righteousness. All Israel will have been saved during the tribulation and they, along with all believers in Jesus the Messiah will reign with Him during the Millennial Kingdom. Here is how Revelation 19:11-16 describes that coming:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
At Jesus’ first coming, the Jews were looking for a conquering king…one who would save them from the oppression of Roman rule. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey was symbolic of a king coming in peace, thus they did not recognize Him as Messiah. The next time He comes, He will be that conquering king, and they will surely recognize Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Hasten the day, Lord Jesus!
We’re not done, my friends, so come back tomorrow as we continue our study together. See you then!
While it is true that America supplies Israel with F-35 fighter jets and other military equipment, did you know that Israel supplies the US with some of the most advanced technology on the planet in order to keep America and our allies safe?
It’s true. America benefits greatly from technology developed by Israelis. Find out about some of that technology here:
Pull up a seat to the virtual study table, as we’re in the midst of considering why we stand with Israel. We’re in week 2 of the study, Why Israel Matters, and if you are new to this site, please follow along with us!
Yesterday, our focus was on why Christians should support Israel. Today, we turn our sites to what Israel does for the world…and why it matters!
Israel is a small country with a very big impact. Often, when disaster strikes anywhere in the world, Israel’s are first to respond. (For example: the recent Guatemalan volcano.) Surprisingly, Israel works diligently to save Arab lives, despite the fact they are often targets of Arab aggression. It is not unusual for Israel to erect field hospitals in areas of conflict in order to take medical care of innocent civilians caught in the throws of conflict.
Israel is a land with few natural resources, thus, Israelis have had to use their ingenuity to discover ways to survive. They routinely share their innovations with others to help survive and thrive as well.
Ingrained in Israeli DNA is the idea of tikkun olam, making the world a better place. They seem to do it naturally! As they share their medical, agricultural, water, energy and technological knowledge and innovations with people around the world, expecting nothing in return. I could post hundreds of examples, but let’s end today’s discussion with three significant examples:
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